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Watch President Obama interview David Simon about The Wire

Our President has great taste in fictional characters<p>The White House's YouTube account just published a video interview between President Obama and reporter, author, and creator of HBO crime drama <i>The Wire</i>, David Simon. Simon is the interviewee, and speaks frankly about the nation's policing …

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The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Ruch is the founder and CEO of Rocketrip.</i><p>The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but <i>how</i> they spend that money has become …

Uber will reportedly pay for commercial driver's licenses to avoid German ban

Uber is no stranger to legal battles, but the tough-negotiating startup appears to be making a rare concession in Germany. The ride-sharing company will pay the government fees for its drivers in the country to obtain commercial driver's licenses, according to a report in German business magazine</i> …

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Norway's Island Prison For Violent Criminals Looks Like No Prison We've Ever Seen

Yet no barbed-wire-topped walls or electrified fences circle the island, nor do armed guards and attack dogs patrol the grounds. By all accounts, the island prison and its inhabitants live in peace, working together and sharing resources.<p>Bastøy Prison has been called one of the most liberal prisons …

Stolen Uber Customer Accounts Are for Sale on the Dark Web for $1

It appears that real user data is being sold, but it's unclear where it came from.<p>​Active Uber accounts are for sale on a dark web marketplace for as little as $1 each, Motherboard has learned.<p>One seller claims he has "thousands" of user logins for sale.<p>A username and password is all you need to …

A Sneak Peek at Björk's MoMA Retrospective

A selection of photos from this morning's press preview of MoMA's blockbuster Björk retrospective.<p><i>All photos by Sam Clarke.</i><p>This morning, the Museum of Modern Art held a press preview for its blockbuster retrospective of Björk, a multimedia exhibition that includes more than 20 years of work from …

10 Gorgeous Takes On The Open-Shelving Trend

We couldn’t help but notice that nearly every stylish kitchen we’ve spied recently has one thing in common: open shelving. Feeling inspired, we’ve …

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Meet GoOpti: BlaBlaCar Rival That Aims to Compete with Uber

The service offers three types of tickets. The cheapest one is Opti, which accounts for about 70 percent of bookings. Opti passengers are content with waiting for a van for up to three hours at home and arrive to the airport up to three hours earlier than it would be perfect for them. They could, …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Essential Classics: The Driving Shoe

What’s not to love about a slip-on shoe? No need to fumble with laces, straps, buckles, or zippers – just slide your foot in and get on with life. …

Thanks for Nothing: The Story of Zero

The following is an article from Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.<p><i>Aristotle didn't have it. Neither did Pythagoras or</i> …

Cozy and Stylish You Are If Wear This Hoodie You Do

Feel like a Jedi master with a slight speech disorder? Then you'll love this great Yoda hoodie made by fan of the blog, Erin Marshall. These adorable …

ParkMe, An App for Finding and Reserving Open Parking Spaces

ParkMe is an app for iOS and Android that recommends the nearest, cheapest open parking spot, and also allows drivers to reserve spots in advance in …

The Bulgari Octo: Terme di Caracalla

Continuing our ongoing series with Bulgari, in celebration of the designs that inspired their Octo watch line, we've delved into the past, present and future of Rome's Terme di Caracalla. This great structure, built around 212 AD, was reborn as a theater among ruins in 1937 and is the site of …

How People Explain Color Throughout The World [Infographic]

This clever color wheel reveals how different languages explain the color spectrum, whether in three words or more than 60 words.<p>Data interpreter/designer Terrence Fradet created this lovely interpretation of colors through the filter of language. At the Fathom Information Design site, he has a …

Is Kosher The Next Big Food Trend?

A few years after I moved to New York City, I attended a luncheon where we were asked to select from a variety of meal options that included vegetarian, kosher, and low-sodium. Now, I grew up in a community where diversity meant different shades of blonde. I had heard of kosher – after all, who …

What Will Follow Pharma's R&D Purge? A Few Quick Thoughts

As we see more pharmas downsizing their R&D (an almost daily occurrence, it seems), you don’t have to be Carl Spackler (“… but if I kill all the golfers…”) to wonder what they are going to do about new products.<p>This question has both a supply and a demand dimension.<p>The supply issue: if almost …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

Bitcoin's $13.50 To $1,200 Eleven Month Climb--Now Taxes

Even if you weren’t intrigued by other aspects of the rock star digital currency, it’s hard to argue with over 5,000% appreciation in less than a year. The Wall Street Journal asked Should You Invest in Bitcoin? and printed a WSJ special section: “Bitcoin or Bust”. The conclusion: sure, why not buy …

Europe’s BlaBlaCar Has Created the Purest Version of the Sharing Economy So Far — And It’s Working

BlaBlaCar, the Paris-based long-distance ride-sharing marketplace, now has a million active monthly users — people who either drive their personal …

Congress uses cartoon video to explain the problems with patent trolls and “legalized extortion”

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit:<p>In 2011, Congress tried — and failed — to fix America’s broken patent system with the America Invents Act. Now, reform …

Startup Stem raises funds for energy data analytics, machine learning & smarter batteries

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Here’s the basic idea behind startup Stem: install batteries at a building and use software to convert the building over to …

Bitcoin Is At A Crossroads

Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer currency with no central bank, based on digital tokens with no intrinsic value, appears to be headed where no other virtual currencies has gone to date.<p>First mentioned in a research paper written under a pseudonym 5 years ago Bitcoin has, in the last year, moved from the …

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What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

At a basic level, kissing is a biohazard. What is love then, if not the willingness to expose yourself to a host of nasty diseases lurking in your partner's mouth?<p>But could kissing also be a tool with a purpose?<p>Psychology graduate student Rafael Wlodarski, from the University of Oxford, wanted to …

How to Photograph Snowflakes—With a Really Cheap Camera

A morning tip for today. And probably tomorrow, too.<p><b>Somehow,</b> Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, whose Flickr is well worth your time, takes absolutely beautiful of snowflakes, a subject notoriously hard to capture. And he does it with a two-hundred-buck auto-zoom camera. Meaning that, yep, with a …

24 Gifts Your Foodie Friends Are Really Craving

Is your friend <i>always</i> down to order something adventurous at lunch, and gets Christmas-level excited whenever she tries out a new recipe? You’re in …

The Entire Arc Of George Costanza’s Relationship With Susan, Told Through An Arcade Fire Song

“My name is George. I’m unemployed and live with my parents. I was engaged once, but she died. It was my fault. My entire relationship with my dead fiancée can be summed up with a video put together by a parody Twitter account, Seinfeld2000, set to Arcade Fire’s soft-disco anthem ‘Here Comes the …

The 2013 Adventurers of the Year

Over the past year, highly organized, well-funded teams pulled off an astounding number of firsts, sending a Hollywood director to the deepest spot in the ocean, landing a drone on Mars, and equipping a skydive from the edge of space. Presented here are our adventurers of the year. Enjoy!<p>Run Your …